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New Jersey Sen. Menendez pleads not guilty to corruption

New Jersey Sen. Menendez pleads not guilty to corruption

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he accepted nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors, and his lawyer compared the case to the government's failed prosecutions of former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards. Menendez's attorney, Abbe Lowell, entered the plea on his behalf before a federal judge in Newark, one day after Menendez promised to be vindicated and declared that he's "not going anywhere." "Prosecutors at the Justice Department often get it wrong. These charges are the latest instance of that,"...

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